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Balthus Hardcover – October 1, 1996

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Language Notes

Text: English (translation)
Original Language: French

About the Author

Claude Roy is a novelist, poet, essayist, and author of several monographs on twentieth-century artists, including works on Picasso and Modigliani. Roy is a close friend of Balthus.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Bulfinch; 1st North American ed edition (October 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0821223453
  • ISBN-13: 978-0821223451
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 1.2 x 11.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,324,935 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Tim Josling on January 4, 1999
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I had a look at this book and I intend to buy it.
It has a good selection of pictures, including some important ones that are missing from other books (eg the guitar lesson).
Quality of images is good and captures the pictures I have seen in person well.
The commentary adds little to the pictures but does have some interesting material about Balthus. and some pictures of him.
Even though more expensive than the book by Balthus's son, it has the advantage of more background information and a lack of censorship of pictures - apparently Balthus did not want "the guitar player" to be published but it is in this book.
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Format: Hardcover
The color reproductions are excellent, far better than most art books. My main problem with the book is that it does little to link the artist's life with the substance of the paintings. It is as though there are two thrusts in the book; Balthus' biography and his work but very little on how the two interact.
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